|Posted by 1878 on February 25, 2016 at 1:55 PM|
Being an Evertonian is somehow depressing but cheerful at the moment. We've got bags of cash, but a tactically inept manager. Anyway, I thought I'd shift your attention over onto a lighter sunject. One thing we are good at, is producing quality young players and prospects, so I thought I'd shed some light on some of our biggest prospects.
We all know that, despite our league position, we have a group of very talented players in our squad. From the world beaters like Lukaku, to those nippy little underrated players, like Mo Besic, and Gareth Barry. But sometimes what can be forgotten, is the age of a lot of our first team players.
Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley only stand at 22, which goes over most peoples head because of their maturity. Gerard Deulofeu, John Stones both are 21/22, and Brendan Galloway is only 19. However, depsite these extremely young players, we still have a lot of young talent sitting in the reserves. In this piece I am going to bring to light some of this talent, and hopefully you will learn more about our players bursting with potential.
Full name: Kieran O'Neill Dowell
Team Number: 51
Profile: Kieran joined the Everton ranks as young as 7, when he joined Evertons academy. Having made signficant progress in the Under 21's in 2014/15, he was handed a chance in our Europa League game vs Krasnodar, having already safely come top of our group. He replaced Christian Atsu on 6 minutes, as the blues lost 1-0. It was looking likely that Kieran Dowell would be breaking into the first team in 2015/16, after having a strong pre-season in the first team. However, before the new season, he picked up an injury that required surgery, which stunted his development for a few months. However, he now looks back and ready to have some kind of role in the first team. He scpred two great goals for the reserves recently, under Robertos watchful eye, who insists that Dowell has a role/will have a role in the 1st team very soon.
Full Name: Matthew Collin Foulds
Age: Aged 18
Team Number: N/A
We seem to have a hobby of buying lower league young defensive prospects. Foulds signed from Bury for an undisclosed fee, on January the 2nd 2016. He has recently featured on the U21s, and seems to be holding his own. He is a left footed centre back, who is said to read the game well. Martinez has set out a two-year plan to get Foulds into the Everton first-team. Here are some of his comments;
"Matty is a really exciting prospect because he is a left-footed centre-half with a real margin of development,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.
“His technical ability will allow him to be a footballing centre-half and he’s had a really interesting 12 months in the first-team at Bury, without playing many games in the competitive league.
“But we feel he has all the attributes to become a quite interesting player to fit in that elite group that we have in the under-21s.
“He is only 17 and is younger than any of the players we have brought into that system but we feel that with a good two-year programme he could become someone really interesting,”.
Full name: Liam Walsh
Team Number: 52
Liam Walsh playd in the central midfield role, and can pose a threat from set pieces and has decent passing. He joined the academy at 5 and in January 2016, joined Yeovil Town on a initial one month loan, which has since been extended. He has delivered a number of Man of the Match perfomances for the League 2 team, and at such a young age is extremely impressive. Keep your eyes peeled on this one, as he you may be hearing his name much more often soon enough.
Full Name: Nathan Broadhead
Team Number: N/A
The teenage Winger Nathan Broadhead has scored 14 goals for Blues' U18s this season, and can play also anywhere a long the front line. Many members of the academy staff believe the youngster could go all the way. His technical aspects of his game are unparalleled. He is two footed, and has been compared with a similar play style as David Silva. He signed his first professional contract this season, and the next two years will be crucial in his development. Good luck, Nathan.
- Harry Hayes